BB16 Episode 12 – July 20, 2014
With Devin now out of the house and there really isn’t a Public Enemy #1 person around,Â Big Brother 16 feels like it has to restart or reestablish a narrative. Â It looks like there are two storylines about to be thrown out there this week:
- The Outcast-ing of Victoria
- Amber Wakes Up
Time to dive into this a bit more and see if we can figure out where CBS is going next with this show….
Egg-moving doesn’t lend itself to too much excitement, yet it was still entertaining. Â Slightly. Â Brittany and Jacosta had a surprising lead at the beginning, but in the end it came down to Amber & Zach vs Frankie & Cody. Â The boys won. Â Frankly, Cody needed this win and had to hope that Caleb didn’t win in case Cody lost, as he is certainly a target of Caleb’s Amber-based jealousy. Â So, congrats to Frankie & Cody.
Team America makes its next move
They were tasked with putting up a physical threat; Â obviously Frankie and Derrick are closely allied with the male physical threats, so they yet again focus on who the female threat is. Â They choose Amber. Â Honestly, they could have argued Brittany for this, as she’s shown to be fairly capable. Â I think they really should have looked past Amber, as this constant targeting of the girlsÂ has to backfire on them, right? Â Right? Â Regardless, Amber gets her nomination and Team America wins yet another $5k.
Nominations, or How Everyone Can’t Stand Victoria
Cody and Frankie weren’t subtle with their targeting this week. Â Are you a girl? Â Yes? Â You’re a target, here’s your sign. Â You might think that would be ENOUGH for these girls and that would be IT. Â You’d be only slightly right. Â Because after this, the only thing that seemed to be the common denominator, for Brittany certainly, was how offensive it was to be compared to Victoria. Â Truth be told, Brittany had a point – Victoria has beenÂ absolutely a non-element in this season. Â Again, CBS casting has to be quite pissed at how little of an impact this brassy woman seemed she’d have before going into the house. Â So here is Brittany’s Empathy face for Victoria shortly after their nominations:
You know, the show pointed out decently enough that Victoria isn’t a bad person, and that she is pretty hurt about how people are feeling about her. Â When Nicole let it be known to Victoria that no one wanted to share a bed with her, Brittany got annoyed for being thrown under the bus while Victoria just felt bad. Â I couldn’t help feel sympathy too, as these are real people in there. Â BUT, you signed up forÂ Big Brother, did you Â not? Â So start playing and stop crying.
“I’d Like to Buy a Clue for $500, Please” – Amber
Amber’s eyes were finally opened this episode, when it was made abundantly clear that she’s disposable to the former Bomb Squad alliance. Â I admit that I like when houseguests finally get an urgency to play the game and make some countermoves….BUT! Â Amber had the opportunity many weeks ago but effectively laughed in Joey’s face when Amber thought she was living large with the boys. Â True, Joey made a tactical mistake in how to make the move against the “boys club” but it wasn’t a strategic mistake. Â I worry that Amber waited too long to do something about it, but it’s certainly not hopeless.
Christine May Hold the Key
I definitely liked that Amber is reaching out to who it seems has her finger in almost every alliance, Christine. Â Now, I haven’t gotten to the formation of The Detonators yet, but Christine is “in” that alliance while Amber is not. Â Who knows if The Detonators will actually be a thing, but I think Christine’s alliance is firmly with Weirdos Unite, for the time being. Â Plus, I think that Christine looks at the current status of Weirdos Unite and sees it’s a 3-way alliance where 2/3 of it (Hayden and Nicole) are definitely becoming a pair. It’s in Christine’s interest to even those scales by having her own pair (sts): enter Amber. Â I’d be surprised if by the next episode, Amber isn’t in Weirdos Unite. Â It would make sense to me, strategically. Â So come on, Christine, make this season interesting and be the ultimate puppet master. Â The guys wouldn’t see it coming.
Oh yeah, now there is The Detonators
Okay, I’ll believe this alliance is a real deal after a week in which it doesn’t implode. Â You’ve got the Zach Attack involved, which I think will always be a weak link to anybody’s alliance. Â He just doesn’t know when to shut up and comes up with horrible alliance names: Â Jiggly Jokers? Â Jagerbombs? Â Luckily Derrick saves them with a pretty applicable name for this new alliance. Â But my point stands: Â despite Frankie’s confidence and Cody’s enthusiasm, I noticed Derrick and Christine were “in” but not leading the charge. Â Hence why I think Derrick will ride this as long as it can go and Christine will always side with Weirdos Unite. Â I’ll be watching!
Battle of the Block, Week 4
This competition was a nautical-themed chess board with the 4 nominated “knights” competing to the death. Â You had to keep moving until you couldn’t, which became a challenge as each square that was used was made ineligible for anyone else to land on afterwards. Â It’s a fun strategic game to watch, if a little slow, but in the end, Amber and Victoria were the last two with Amber making the last move. Â Amber and Jacosta were saved!
I don’t even know with this one. The noises she was making as Amber was about to win were otherworldly, and certainly not English. Â I thought she was starting to freak out because she was about to lose, but I forgot that Amber was on Jacosta’s team! Â It was truly strange to behold as this was her celebration but it really seemed she was communing with something. Â But trust in this Jacosta – you’ll ALWAYS be a target in this house as you are an unabashed floater and hence an easy target to nominate. Â Good luck!
Status and Standings:
I’ve been speculating about the various ways the game may go forward, and drew the line linking Amber with Christine as I really think that’s going to happen. Â Of course, we now have The Detonators as a formal alliance, while I’ve dropped the Bomb Squad officially. Â It’s dead.
Brittany and Victoria are certainly in an unpleasant position, but Cody’s cryptic hint at the end that he still has his eye on bigger targets, with a flash to Caleb, shows that they shouldn’t give up hope. Â Victoria mentioned that it made no sense for her to be constantly targeted when there is such big game still around, and it’s true. Â I’m just curious to see if Cody’s got the cojones to make that kind of move, now that we’re starting theÂ middle point of the game.